When you become a member or student of HRPA, you join Canada’s largest human resources regulatory association and a community of more than 24,000 HR professionals. Through its regulatory and oversight role, the HRPA works to protect the public and heighten credibility around the HR profession.

Registering with the HRPA provides you with the education, resources and tools to help you establish and grow your career. Your registration – and working towards a designation – distinguishes you as having committed yourself to maintaining high standards of professionalism and using best practices.

HRPA is an inclusive community. We welcome anyone practicing HR in Ontario, with an interest in human resources, or studying to one day become an HR professional.

Whether you are an HR professional looking to build your expertise, a student starting out, or an organization seeking the best talent, HRPA registration can help.

Learn more about all the benefits of registering with the HRPA.

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Find out why joining the HRPA is an essential part of building your HR career.


Find out why joining the HRPA is an essential part of building your HR career.


Take your HR career to the next level with the HRPA!

For those working towards a career in HR, a student registration* offers you the tools you need to kickstart your future.

*Applicants who are currently enrolled in an HR program within an accredited post-secondary educational institution with a course load of three (3) courses per semester, and who are not working full-time either in HR or in another capacity, are eligible for student registration.

Internationally Educated HR Professionals

Internationally educated professionals with a background in HR may apply to join HRPA for a reduced price if they can provide proof that they have:

  • Have obtained landed immi​​​grant status or an open work permit in Canada within the past 24 months.

HRPA Designations

Gaining the CHRP, CHRL or CHRE designation can help prepare HR IEPs for the realities of the Ontario labour market, and signals to employers that you have the knowledge and expertise needed to excel in the HR profession.

To learn more about the benefits and requirements for earning the CHRP, CHRL & CHRE designations, visit our Designations page.

Other support for HR IEPs

In order to help HR IEPs understand the process for earning the CHRP, CHRL and CHRE, HRPA has developed the Designation Guid​e for Internationally Educated Professionals (​PDF)​​​.

In addition, HR IEPs should know:

  • The experience requirement for the CHRL and the CHRE can be met entirely with professional-level HR experience from outside Canada
  • The degree requirement for the CHRL can be met with a degree from outside Canada (international degrees must be assessed by an approved provider for equivalence to a Canadian degree)
  • Internationally educated professionals are eligible to pay lower registration dues for their first year of membership in HRPA​

The Designation Guide for Internationally Educated Professionals (PDF)​should be used together with the Guides for the CHRP designation, the CHRL designation and the CHRE designation, which provide more detailed information about the certification process for each designation.

Please visit the HR Designa​tions section of our website for more information or contact us at registrar@hrpa.ca or book an appointment to speak with Office of the Registrar staff.

Human Resources Connections

Human Resources Connections is a seven-week employment outcome program designed to integrate internationally trained HR professionals into their field of expertise. The ACCES Employment model includes strong employer interaction, an academic curriculum delivered by Sheridan College focusing on Canadian context, mentoring opportunities, job placement, and post-hire supports.

For more information, Apply Now (PDF)

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